"I would like to retain the time which advances unrelentingly and leave some of my traces in the memory of men ..."

LIBGAR - Mixed media 150 x 200 cm

Born in Antwerp, 1947, Gartner's artistic journey began with a passion for both music and poetry. At the age of nine, he enrolled in a music school, where he explored classical and jazz music. However, it was not long before he turned his attention to writing poetry and composing music, marking the beginning of his creative endeavors.

In 1964, Gartner shifted his focus to visual art, making his first drawings alongside his poetry. His talent was quickly recognized, and in 1966, he won the first prize in a poetry contest held by Belgian Radio Television. This early success encouraged him to continue exploring his artistic expression.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Gartner embarked on a journey of self-discovery, traveling extensively around the world. His travels took him to Brazil, where he had the opportunity to meet influential figures like the singer-poet Vinicius De Moraes. Inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of Brazil and the Amazon rainforest, Gartner began to paint as an autodidact, exploring new forms of artistic expression.

In 1991, Gartner held his first exhibition in the United States, marking a significant milestone in his artistic career. This was followed by collaborations with prestigious galleries, such as Gallery Cédric Van Der Planken in Antwerp. Over the years, Gartner's work has been showcased in numerous art fairs and exhibitions around the world, earning him international acclaim for his unique blend of visual art and poetic sensibility.

In 2012, Gartner made the decision to settle in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he continues to draw inspiration from his surroundings and his diverse cultural experiences. With a career spanning several decades, Gartner's art serves as a testament to the power of creativity to transcend boundaries and connect people across cultures and continents.

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BAKI II - Mixed media 50 x 50 cm

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